The Best Songs of 1981

The Top 200 Songs of 1981
Part 1: The Texas Dead Body Incident
Part 2: Piles of Dead Gertrudes
Part 3: That Old Bitch Mrs. Watson
Part 4: Ask God
Part 5: Physically Attracted to Money
Part 6: Whacked Out on Catnip
Part 7: Re-write Your Own Life; Lie, Classify As Non-Fiction
Part 8: Unlimited Harmony

NC-17 SOUNDTRAXXX is being edited, revised, and published. The literature content is gradually being removed for publication or  being transferred to the upcoming site: MHQ HEADQUARTERS. The music countdowns, however, shall remain here.

In the meantime, and why I haven't posted anything in a long time... I am proud to present, the first actual book publication, a dystopian epic: The Mansion Feel free to check it out; it is self-published and fully independent.

According to the plant and animal life on Earth, which eventually unfriends the human race amidst bold accusations coming from an oddly-shaped row of trees: the concepts of government, religion, and economics were fabricated by the same sources that devised such absurdity as Black Friday sales, fashionable bowling attire, expiration dates for vaginal lube, and marketing strategies to entice specifically targeted mayonnaise consumers … and these sources obviously did not originate on the Planet Earth. From Prohibition to the dystopian future plagued with revolution, animosity towards society, and farming hippos with growth hormones, characters such as Squirrel Abraham and Jimmers Waffles (raccoon) not only challenge the status quo, but also question the entire history that created it.

Compiling 30 Sections and 68 different themes and storylines, which explore topics ranging from concepts of customer service to victimless crimes to a town in West Virginia that repeatedly becomes a ghost town; and featuring guest appearances from the likes of seahorses, dragonflies, praying mantis, chickens, and raccoon, The Mansion chronicles the plight of the human race, where Primitive Man evolved into the species known as Homo Bowler, and set out to destroy the world in a quest for decorative plates, generic shoes, and non-dairy powdered creamer.

Press play to listen to this selection of songs in the exact order.

25. Desmond Simmons
"Man the Lifeboats"  3:14
Alone on Penguin Island

24. Minimal Man
"Now I Want it All"  3:44
The Shroud Of
San Francisco, CA

23. Von Lmo
"Outside of Time"  2:49
Future Language
New York, NY

22. The Clean
"Point That Thing Somewhere Else"  5:28
Boodle Boodle Boodle
Dunedin, New Zealand

21. Dome
"D-D Bo"  3:52
London, England

20. The Raincoats
"Odyshape"  3:41
London, England

19. The Stranglers
"Golden Brown"  3:25
La Folie
Guildford, England

18. Einst├╝rzende Neubauten
"Kollaps"  8:04
Berlin, Germany

17. The Method Actors
"She"  5:09
Little Figures
Athens, GA

16. Wha-ha-ha
"My Happiness" 6:05
Shinutokiwa Betsu

15. The Red Crayola w/ Art of Language
"Marches No's 23, 24, 25"  2:27
New York, NY/Houston, TX

14. Polyrock
"Slow Dogs"  3:46
Changing Hearts
New York, NY

13. Rip Rig + Panic
"Change Your Life"  3:06
London, England

12. Michael Schenker Group
"Never Trust a Stranger"  4:29
London, England

11. Rickie Lee Jones
"Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)" 3:56
Chicago, IL/Los Angeles, CA

10. The Cramps
"Rockin' Bones"  2:49
Psychedelic Jungle
New York, NY/Hollywood, CA

9. Reifenstahl
"Intellektuell"  4:06
Die Wunderwaffe
Dusseldorf, Germany

8. The Durutti Column
"Belgian Friends"  5:25
Manchester, England

7. Penguin Cafe Orchestra
"The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas"  4:01
Sussex, England

6. Renaldo and The Loaf
"Ow! Stew the Red Shoe"  3:27
Songs For Swinging Larvae
Hampshire, England

5. Black Flag
"Damaged I"  3:51
Hermosa Beach, CA

4. This Heat
"Makeshift Swahili"  4:04
London, England

3. The Knack
"We Are Waiting"  4:21
Round Trip
Los Angeles, CA

2. Die Krupps
"Stahlwerksynfonie 2"  14:41
Dusseldorf, Germany

#1. Alan Vega
"Viet Vet"  12:43
Collision Drive
New York, NY

"Theme from Southern Comfort"  3:47
Los Angeles, CA

Written, Designed, and Music Compiled by Tony J. Neal

Band info and images provided by rateyourmusic
Playlists created on 8tracks
Top Image by: Smart-Dpgs
Bottom Image by: Flickriver
End credits photo by Pomada Blog

NC-17 Soundtraxxx SONGS OF 1981:  200-176  175-151  150-126  125-101  100-76  75-51  50-26  25-#1


As an added bonus, the worst song in history also came out in 1981. The award for worst song ever!

"Don't Stop Believin'"  Too God Damn Long
San Francisco, CA

Music is a statement of brilliance that knows no limitations. The entire purpose of rock and roll was to "stick it to the man". But, "the man" fought back, created a brand of music of his own, and created a generation of complacent conventional minded douches.

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